Finding home ownership unaffordable means that many Conservatives have abandoned the capital.
It has a constructive role to play, supporting artistic creativity without interfering with content.
One of the biggest lessons of the referendum was that newspapers and other outlets had failed to spot widespread sentiment.
For many voters, local elections boil down to which party will provide the best possible services at the lowest possible cost.
Maybe it was ever thus, at least in modern times, but Tory-held suburban seats outside the South-East are under-represented at the top table.
If the capital grows, as it has done, so should its boundaries. We cannot stick our head in the sand to the changing needs of our great cities.
It is a relic of an out-of-date fashion for the big and artificial rather than the small, local and rooted.